Daniel Compte is from Spain, and he is studying at ELC Los Angeles for 20 weeks in our Intensive English Course. He enjoys exciting, new adventures and is very outgoing (and very tall!). Even though he has gone to Yosemite and several other places during his free time, Daniel still devotes himself to his studies, in and out of class, and is progressing quickly.
Where were you born and raised? Give us a mental picture of the place(s).
I was born in Igualada, but I was raised between Igualada and Barcelona, where I live right now. Barcelona is a cosmopolitan, open-minded and beautiful city in Catalonia. It’s next to the sea and close to amazing beaches in the north and majestic mountains in the Pyrenees.
What do you do for fun? What are your hobbies?
I like exploring nature and going hiking! If you come to California Yosemite National Park should be in your bucket list! I love to watch TV series and movies, to hang out with friends, to eat gourmet food and never stop travelling around the world. All those things make me feel alive!
What is your special talent?
I don’t have a special talent but if I had to say one I will say that I’m very talented for eating good food!
What is your profession? What do you like about it?
I worked in production on tv shows, radio programs, shorts and theaters. I like to organize and make work easier for others.
Tell us about your family, do you have kids? Siblings? Pets? Do they live close to you?
My parents, my uncle and my grandma! No pets, no kids…My other family are my friends, whom I adore!
Why did you choose to study English in Los Angeles? Did you consider other options?
Because to take break from my life in Barcelona I always need to put so many kilometers between my home and me to think clearly. Los Angeles is far enough; the weather is awe-inspiring and the city is crazy: LA LA LAND!
What were you most surprised to learn about Los Angeles?
How big the city is!
What do you miss most about your country?
My family & friends and the Iberian ham.
What are your top three favorite places in Los Angeles?
Watch sunsets at the Griffith Observatory.
Having fun in Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers or Disneyland.
Visit The Natural History Museum or enjoy the art in museums like LACMA or The Broad.
Where have you found the best food from your country in Los Angeles?
Sorry I haven’t found any Iberian ham anywhere, yet.
Favorite moment in class at ELC:
Thanks Theresa for your Communication Class.
Thanks Brian for your the patience in Reading and Writing.
And Thanks Max for being a unique instructor and make us enjoy the afternoons during our Filmmaking Class.
What are some tips you have for people who want to learn English?
Take it easy, you will always have a feeling that you are not improving. Try to complement your stay with:
1.- Reading an easy book in English.
2.- Deleting the subtitles in your language on Netflix.
3.- Get your MoviePass Card for less than 10$/monthly and go to watch a movie every day without subtitles.
4.- Hang out with the locals and practice with them as much as you can! ☺
What are your plans after ELC?
I plan to cry a lot, because I would miss California… hahaha
Right now I need to figure out what I want to do after this gap in my life. I would like to stay in production but change the field, right now I’m in theater and I may want to work in TV shows, movies or documentary film. Let’s see… I will let life to surprise me! No fear!